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10th. to 12th. June 2022. A experimental archaeometallurgy conference with a mixture of demonstrations, practical activities and oral presentations, held at the Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne.

Accidental and Experimental Archaeometallurgy 2.1 Conference 10th. to 12th. June 2022

(Combined with the HMS AGM 2022 -11th. June)

10th-12th June 2022

Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne
Organised by Vanessa Castagnino

Book your place here.

‘Accidental and Experimental Archaeometallurgy’ together with the 2022 AGM will now be held on Friday 10th June to Sunday 12th June 2022. We have been able to secure the same glorious venue ( and plan to run (almost) the same programme.

  • Two and a half days of construction and metallurgical experiment and demonstration.
  • A range of oral presentations: both academic and craft
  • Accommodation in a Viking longhouse
  • Breakfasts/lunches included.
  • Saturday night hog roast (vegetarian/vegan option) on-site.
  • Sunday Open Day
  • All papers and experiment write-ups to be included in a published volume to celebrate the event.

Download final programme here.

Registration is OPEN here.

Any questions, please email me Vanessa Castagnino (


On site Accommodation

The Longhouse experience is available to 20 delegates. Sheepskin-strewed benches, running the length of the hall, will form the basis of your bed. You’ll need to bring your own bedding (sleeping mat/inflatable mattress, sleeping bag and pillow). There is also a Dorm room situated at each end of the hall, catering for four in two bunk beds. This means the Longhouse and the two Dorms can cater for 28 people in total.

There are five toilets, one of which has easy access; there is also a shower block containing two showers.

Local accommodation (off-site)

If this all seems a little too ‘Viking’, there are a couple of small guesthouses/B&Bs within a 5 miles radius:

  • The Sheaf of Arrows in Cranborne village (01725 551187/changing hands).
  • The Inn in Cranborne village (
  • Chaseborough Farm in Wimborne Minster (2.5miles) @ £60 per night.
  • The White Owls Lodges at Verwood (3.5miles) @£60 per night.

Further afield, the site is in easy driving distance of Salisbury to the east (11miles) and Shaftesbury to the west (16miles).

Local Amenities

The village is served by two pubs on the square (The Inn and The Sheaf of Arrows), both of which serve food. There is a village shop, for basic needs.


If coming by car, the post code is BH21 5RP

We are informed that the nearest and easiest train station to come into is Salisbury. We can organise transport from the station if necessary.


Note for members attending the AGM only. There is no charge for this: entry to the AGM is (of course) free. Current membership status will be checked at the door.


For more information please contact us

Bookings for the conference are now open. For this event there are two different types of ticket; one without accommodation on site and the other with accommodation within the Viking Long House (limited places available). Book your place here.

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